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Political Issues for Aging Populations - Chapter Summary
This series of gerontology lessons examine political issues related to aging populations. Follow along with our expert sociology instructors to see how advocacy groups, legislation, healthcare and assistance programs impact older adults. The chapter can be accessed at your convenience and it comes with self-assessment quizzes to help you solidify your understanding of the lesson topics. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Understand how the aging population participates in politics
- Identify older adult advocacy groups and movements
- Summarize the history of the Older Americans Act and its programs
- Explain how the Americans with Disabilities Act impacts older adults
- Recognize social insurance, public assistance, and private social programs for older adults
- Evaluate problems and costs associated with Medicaid and Medicare
- Outline the White House's conferences on aging
- Name service deliveries for older adults
- Analyze modern policy issues regarding aging adults
1. Political Participation of the Aging Population
In this lesson, we will examine the voting habits and viewpoints of older adults. You will learn which political party older adults support most frequently and why their views tend to lean in particular ways.
2. Advocacy Groups & Movements for Older Adults
In this lesson, you will learn how older adults have gained more political power through advocacy groups over time. You will explore how the combined efforts of these movements have affected public policy.
3. The History and Programs of the Older Americans Act
In this lesson, we look back in time at the establishment of the Older Americans Act of 1965. You will learn about the programs in the original Act and additions made over time to enhance services to older Americans.
4. The Americans with Disabilities Act: Implications for Older Adults
In this lesson, we will imagine life before and after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from the perspective of a person who has survived a stroke. You will also learn why the ADA specifically benefits older adults.
5. Social Insurance Programs for Older Adults
This lesson discusses the Social Security Act of 1935 and why a social insurance program for older adults was established. We explore this topic from the perspective of a family affected by the Great Depression.
6. Public Assistance Programs for Older Adults
This lesson discusses public assistance programs available to older adults. You will explore the types of benefits and support that older adults with very limited resources may be eligible to receive.
7. Costs and Problems of Medicare and Medicaid
In this lesson, you will tackle the question of why Medicare and Medicaid programs can be expensive and what solutions have been proposed to address this. We will consider the benefits provided by these services and the costs involved.
8. White House Conferences on Aging: 1961, 1971, 1981 & 2005
In this lesson, you are a fly on the wall at a meeting in preparation for the White House Conference on Aging. Find out what important historical events have been sparked by these meetings and why this forum matters.
9. Private Social Programs for Older Adults
This lesson highlights key private social programs available to older adults, such as senior centers, religious communities, and nonprofit organizations. We'll look at the benefits and purpose of these programs, which go beyond government assistance.
10. Service Delivery for Older Adults
This lesson discusses how a changing population affects the delivery of adequate service to older consumers. We'll also examine what providers can do to overcome barriers and improve access to quality care.
11. Contemporary Policy Issues Concerning Older Adults
In this lesson, you'll learn about issues in public policy that affect older adults today and what updates are needed to help older adults age well. You'll also discover the groups most likely to experience more challenges in their older years.
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Other chapters within the Sociology 103: Foundations of Gerontology course
- Basics of Gerontology
- Research Design for Gerontology
- Demographics of Aging
- Physical Health in Older Adults
- Muscular, Skeletal & Integumentary Systems in Older Adults
- Circulatory & Respiratory Systems in Older Adults
- Cognition, Attention & Memory in Older Adults
- Intelligence & Creativity in Aging Populations
- Mental Health & Lifespan Development Disorders
- Cognitive Disorders in Aging Populations
- Personality in Older Adulthood
- Mental Health Treatment for Older Adults
- Social Implications for Older Adults
- Interpersonal Relationships in Aging Populations
- Finance & Aging
- Employment in Late Adulthood
- Leisure & Community Involvement in Retirement
- Death & Bereavement in Aging Populations
- Nervous & Sensory Systems in Older Adults
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